Author Topic: 1080p for a Media Director  (Read 3563 times)

jtgamble

  • Regular Poster
  • **
  • Posts: 25
    • View Profile
1080p for a Media Director
« on: April 01, 2008, 05:57:36 am »
What is recommended for getting 1080p from a media director? I'm trying to do as small a box as possible to keep it hidden behind the TV. My friend is saying I'll need a video card to do the output, but are there any motherboards with on-board video that will do 1080p decently?

Thanks :)

cobradevil

  • Regular Poster
  • **
  • Posts: 48
    • View Profile
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2008, 07:34:24 am »
Hello,

You could try a mainboard with integrated nvidia graphics!

e.g. http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=3&l2=101&l3=567&l4=0&model=1944&modelmenu=1

But you have to keep in mind that no video vendor has realy good accelerated video playback for linux so the processor has to be fast to process 1080p streams!

I am waiting for intel x3100 graphics chips to be supported with the vaapi from intel http://freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/vaapi

They promise to give accelerated video playback for:
MPEG-2
MPEG-4
ASP/H.263
MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
VC-1/VMW3

With kind regards

William van de Velde

JimmyGosling

  • Veteran
  • ***
  • Posts: 105
    • View Profile
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2008, 05:03:40 pm »
tkmedia has been successful running 1080p with this board as well as some of his own tweaks to the xorg.conf file in the 0710b4 release.  You can speak with him directly on the IRC if you have additional questions.

I have the same board but was unable to get it working in 0710b3.

jtgamble

  • Regular Poster
  • **
  • Posts: 25
    • View Profile
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2008, 02:56:36 am »
Awesome, thanks :) I'll look into it...now finding a nice tiny case to use with it :)

tkmedia

  • wants to work for LinuxMCE
  • **
  • Posts: 937
    • View Profile
    • LMCECompatible
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2008, 05:33:26 am »
mine is an ABIT AN M2HD not a asus      but am running at 1080p with alpha blending stop by for a chat if u need more info
My Setup http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/User:Tkmedia

For LinuxMce compatible  systems and accessories
http://lmcecompatible.com/

nite_man

  • NEEDS to work for LinuxMCE
  • ***
  • Posts: 1019
  • Want to work with LinuxMCE
    • View Profile
    • Smart Home Blog
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2008, 08:51:55 am »
MM200 (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Convergenthome) should be ok for HDTV. I didn't try it but Andrew promised that its MD supports at least 720p.

One of the best options for MD can be AppleTV. I have one with installed Kubuntu 7.10 but I still cannot boot it from TFTP server.
Michael Stepanov,
My setup: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/User:Nite_man#New_setup
Russian LinuxMCE community: http://linuxmce.ru

jtgamble

  • Regular Poster
  • **
  • Posts: 25
    • View Profile
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2008, 08:55:00 am »
Interesting.....AppleTV. How easy is it to get working with MCE as a director? And you need to actually install the director software correct? You can't boot it via the network? Also, it doesn't do 1080p does it? Just 1080i or 720p?

And Convergent Home won't ship to me...stupid product liability in the US :P
« Last Edit: April 02, 2008, 09:14:24 am by jtgamble »

nite_man

  • NEEDS to work for LinuxMCE
  • ***
  • Posts: 1019
  • Want to work with LinuxMCE
    • View Profile
    • Smart Home Blog
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2008, 09:50:18 am »
Interesting.....AppleTV. How easy is it to get working with MCE as a director? And you need to actually install the director software correct? You can't boot it via the network? Also, it doesn't do 1080p does it? Just 1080i or 720p?

And Convergent Home won't ship to me...stupid product liability in the US :P

You can investigate aOpen miniPC (945VDR, for example). I suspect it has similar hardware as MM200.

To use AppleTV as MD it should be install MD software on its HDD or it should be boot via network. The possibility to use diskled MD was dropped in 0710. So, I'm trying to boot my AppleTV via network but without luck. There is a project - Mythic Beasts (http://mythic-beasts.com/resources/appletv/walk-through.html) which gives a way to install Linux on AppleTV and boot it via HDD or TFTP server. Have a look it. Maybe it'll be interesting for you as well.
Michael Stepanov,
My setup: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/User:Nite_man#New_setup
Russian LinuxMCE community: http://linuxmce.ru

jtgamble

  • Regular Poster
  • **
  • Posts: 25
    • View Profile
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2008, 09:52:59 am »
Thanks for the link, I'll take a look at it. I'm just a bit discouraged that AppleTV doesn't seem to support 1080p.

totallymaxed

  • LinuxMCE God
  • ****
  • Posts: 4351
    • View Profile
    • Dianemo - at home with technology
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2008, 12:56:08 pm »
MM200 (http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Convergenthome) should be ok for HDTV. I didn't try it but Andrew promised that its MD supports at least 720p.

One of the best options for MD can be AppleTV. I have one with installed Kubuntu 7.10 but I still cannot boot it from TFTP server.

Yes the MM200 works fine at 720p and we hope soon to confirm 1080p too shortly - under UI2 with Overlay

Andrew
Andy Herron,
Convergent Home Technologies Ltd
United Kingdom
@herron

Dianemo S Now Shipping on Ubuntu 12.04LTS
Build your system on the latest Ubuntu LTS OS Release!

Get a Dianemo S License: http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.0
iOS Orbiter: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_iOS_Orbiter
Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dianemo-Home-Automation/226019387454465

Sales & Info:
http://www.dianemo.co.uk

totallymaxed

  • LinuxMCE God
  • ****
  • Posts: 4351
    • View Profile
    • Dianemo - at home with technology
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2008, 04:24:48 pm »
Thanks for the link, I'll take a look at it. I'm just a bit discouraged that AppleTV doesn't seem to support 1080p.

We have been testing today a new AMD based unit with onboard ATI x1250 based graphics and after installing xorg-driver-fglrx_7.1.0-8.37.6+2.6.22.4-14 .9_amd64.deb and manually tweaking xorg.conf we managed to get UI2 with Overlay working nicely too. AvWizard needs some additional work in its con'f to correctly configure the ATI driver/X but the basic driver support is looking great.

Andrew
Andy Herron,
Convergent Home Technologies Ltd
United Kingdom
@herron

Dianemo S Now Shipping on Ubuntu 12.04LTS
Build your system on the latest Ubuntu LTS OS Release!

Get a Dianemo S License: http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.0
iOS Orbiter: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_iOS_Orbiter
Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dianemo-Home-Automation/226019387454465

Sales & Info:
http://www.dianemo.co.uk

nite_man

  • NEEDS to work for LinuxMCE
  • ***
  • Posts: 1019
  • Want to work with LinuxMCE
    • View Profile
    • Smart Home Blog
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2008, 08:23:57 pm »
Thanks for the link, I'll take a look at it. I'm just a bit discouraged that AppleTV doesn't seem to support 1080p.

We have been testing today a new AMD based unit with onboard ATI x1250 based graphics and after installing xorg-driver-fglrx_7.1.0-8.37.6+2.6.22.4-14 .9_amd64.deb and manually tweaking xorg.conf we managed to get UI2 with Overlay working nicely too. AvWizard needs some additional work in its con'f to correctly configure the ATI driver/X but the basic driver support is looking great.

Andrew

Good news! The next step is supporting of transparency ;)
Michael Stepanov,
My setup: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/User:Nite_man#New_setup
Russian LinuxMCE community: http://linuxmce.ru

jtgamble

  • Regular Poster
  • **
  • Posts: 25
    • View Profile
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2008, 12:27:05 am »
Yes the MM200 works fine at 720p and we hope soon to confirm 1080p too shortly - under UI2 with Overlay

Andrew

Mind if I ask what case and motherboard you use for the MM200?

jtgamble

  • Regular Poster
  • **
  • Posts: 25
    • View Profile
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2008, 05:41:35 am »
Does anybody know if any of the Jetway Micro ITX motherboards are working with MCE? Has anybody tried them?

Something like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813153077
« Last Edit: April 03, 2008, 05:49:04 am by jtgamble »

totallymaxed

  • LinuxMCE God
  • ****
  • Posts: 4351
    • View Profile
    • Dianemo - at home with technology
Re: 1080p for a Media Director
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2008, 10:44:05 am »
Yes the MM200 works fine at 720p and we hope soon to confirm 1080p too shortly - under UI2 with Overlay

Andrew

Mind if I ask what case and motherboard you use for the MM200?

The MM200 is built for us by a contract manufacturer in Asia. The motherboard is custom designed for the MM200 but is based on a standard laptop Intel i945 chipset (GMA950 GPU). The case is also custom design/manufactured for us as part of the MM200 and is not available separately.

Andrew

Andy Herron,
Convergent Home Technologies Ltd
United Kingdom
@herron

Dianemo S Now Shipping on Ubuntu 12.04LTS
Build your system on the latest Ubuntu LTS OS Release!

Get a Dianemo S License: http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.0
iOS Orbiter: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/Dianemo_iOS_Orbiter
Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dianemo-Home-Automation/226019387454465

Sales & Info:
http://www.dianemo.co.uk